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We looked at fostering, my husband myself, because we were looking at originally adopting a child, and when we started to speak to social workers and social services, they explained to us, actually, there was quite a need within the fostering. So it was about helping more children, giving more impact into a lot of children’s lives. So that’s why we chose to foster.
There’s so many things to fostering that that you can… I could say I could probably be here all day. But I think it’s offering children something that they have never had before, seen before, done before. I think that’s such a rewarding element of fostering.
There’s so so many memories, so many things that really hit in your heart, and, you know, sharing beach days out, sharing… I mean, even I had a child that had never been to the park before and shared a playtime with other members of her class. That in itself is just the most amazing thing. I think, another thing as a foster carer when I’ve fostered a baby, and that baby has met its new mummy for the first time. That parent walking down my drive, to see their child for the first time, it’s just… it’s irreplaceable. You couldn’t replace that feeling as as a person to give that to somebody else.
The benefits for myself and my husband is being part of something big. I’ve met some of my very, very special friends by fostering that I held very close to myself. For my family, it’s… my children have grown up knowing what it is to be privileged, they live in they and they can share and they I think I’ve got adult children now and I think they look back on the life growing in a fostering family and what rewarding aspects that have been.
Fostering for Slough we’ve been part of a team. I’ve got some very good friends within Slough. Now I think… I think they understand me, I understand them. There’s some fantastic training that goes on in Slough. So if you’re struggling with a particular situation I think, quite often or not, they’ll put training on to help you go through them. I feel the staff are absolutely lovely. And I think that I’ve been helped along the way on a very personal note over the years by some lovely, lovely social workers and on the team at Slough.
Karen Embury is a foster carer with Slough Children First.
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